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Poached rosewood worth B5m seized

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Police arrested a man driving a vehicle containing illegally harvested siamese rosewood logs, or payoong, in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Wednesday, and seized lumber worth about five million baht in the market, a Daily News report said. 

A team of police intercepted a farm tractor on a road in Nakhon Ratchasima's Khon Buri district and found four payoong logs hidden under a pile of cassava carried by the vehicle.

Pattana Gotepakwaen, 31, the tractor driver, confessed that he was paid 3,000 baht a trip by a businessman to transport timber from Thap Lan National Park to a cassava factory where another group of people would deliver to clients, according to police. 

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